Practicing "when/then" thinking during prisoner escort

One of the statements that I often hear from correctional staff members who are “suddenly” assaulted is that they never saw it coming.  The sad truth is that we get complacent. We start to feel safe in a certain assignment or with a certain “safe” inmate and we let our guard down. Unfortunately, many of us are still practicing “If / Then” Thinking. If something bad were to happen (but probably won’t), we will be ready. This reactive thinking dooms us because as we know action always beats reaction. If we are reacting to an assault, it is probably already too late to prevent the assault so all we do is play “catch up.”

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